One of the US government's leading China experts reveals the hidden strategy fueling that country's rise - and how Americans have been seduced into helping China overtake us as the world's leading superpower.
For more than 40 years, the United States has played an indispensable role in helping the Chinese government build a booming economy, develop its scientific and military capabilities, and take its place on the world stage in the belief that China's rise will bring us cooperation, diplomacy, and free trade. But what if the "China dream" is to replace us, just as America replaced the British Empire, without firing a shot?
Based on interviews with Chinese defectors and newly declassified, previously undisclosed national security documents, The Hundred-Year Marathon reveals China's secret strategy to supplant the United States as the world's dominant power and to do so by 2049, the one-hundredth anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic. Michael Pillsbury, a fluent Mandarin speaker who has served in senior national security positions in the US government since the days of Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger, draws on his decades of contact with the "hawks" in China's military and intelligence agencies and translates their documents, speeches, and books to show how the teachings of traditional Chinese statecraft underpin their actions. He offers an inside look at how the Chinese really view America and its leaders - as barbarians who will be the architects of their own demise.
Pillsbury also explains how the US government has helped - sometimes unwittingly and sometimes deliberately - to make this "China dream" come true, and he calls for the United States to implement a new, more competitive strategy toward China as it really is and not as we might wish it to be. The Hundred-Year Marathon is a wake-up call as we face the greatest national security challenge of the 21st century.
©2015 Michael Pillsbury (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Brings up plenty of good points to ponder but little to act on outside of policy makers. Also, the rhetoric is so anti-Chinese that it brings many of his accusations into question. Good audio book but im glad I didn't buy the paper copy.
biased book trying to condemn China on issues that the U.S. has the worst record of in human history.
1-raging wars and killing civilians ( Spain , Japan - nuclear weapons , Korea , Cuba , Vietnam , Serbia - may be justified , Somalia , Iraq , Afghanistan , Iraq - again , yemen , Libya , Syria )
2- funding terror and insurgency ( Cuba , Elsalvador , Chile , Nicaragua , Panama , iran - mossadeq overthrow , Venezuela - try to stage coup to overthrow Chavez , Libya - may be justified , Syria )
3- support to dictatorships ( all military junta of central and south America , African dictators in guinea and central Africa , shah of iran , all Arab dictators and middle east monarchies )
4 - financial misconduct and sabotage . control over the international monitory institutes ( international monitory fund , world Bank ) . dysregulation of wall street causing world depression several times in last century . diplomacy for securing opportunities for American businesses without any competition ( oil , chemicals , mining , fishing , weapons sales - even to worst dictators and known criminal states , drug companies )
5- pollution . so far the worst polluting country in the world despite China catching up .
Backs up everything I know about China and Asian Confucian thinking. A must read and sobering look into past failures with China and China's future goals for it's place in the world. As for America, if it does not even know it is in a competition, it seems doomed to fail.
Author's personal experience and knowledge of Chinese culture and history really help offer the book the interesting contents. The history of Warrior Stage (Hegemont), Weiqi(Go) Game with Shi, Art of War (Deceiving) and the movement in last 20-30 years presented the good reading. The only complain is the audible lacking of acceptable pronunciations of Chinese characters like Shi etc. But I got it. Thanks Michael.
On China by Henry Kissinger
The quite coming threat or misunderstanding.
This is the 3rd book in a row that I've read on China. For some it may be helpful to learn more of China's history and culture before jumping into Pillsbury's book. I recommend "The China Mirage" by James Bradley and then "On China" by Henry Kissinger -- both available from Audible.
Pillsbury apparently writes from deep experience and admits that some of his past opinions on China's cooperative behavior have now changed. His revelations and warnings are very compelling.
Definitely worth a read.
Pillsbury provides consider definitions of Chinese concepts in historical and folklore context and pointedly explains how these concepts affect U.S. foreign policy. His explanation of mistaken U.S. perspective to China really clarifies the Sino-American relationship and its future prospects.
You need to understand the game and rules China plays by If you want to win in business, government or simply want to better understand Americas biggest threat, I highly recommend this book.
Although I may not agree with everything MP writes about China and their future intentions or our complacency. I value his opinion and continue to remind myself that I and many policy decision makers have and will continue to misinterpret events and actions. It is always prudent to have a voice like MP that continues to keep us awake and alert to these possibilities lest we do fall into complacency. Thank you for the great read.
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